Assessing the Practicalities

Master has a check-up scheduled,
do you think this is how the conversation will go?


Laying low today~

black catdievca is a walking mess this morning. she went to the Chicago Cubs/New York Mets game last night and got home late. That lack of sleep has made this day slightly dangerous (almost got hit on the bike, hit a pothole, almost slammed by the elevator doors, tripped on some stairs, etc.) – so she is lying low. Taking it easy. Nothing is a rush. She will try again tomorrow.


Looking for Lingerie

bed lingerie

Your Master/Mistress has arrived home from a long trip —
you’re digging frantically for something fabulous!

Then you realize that you have to work, run to Physical Therapy
and immediately afterward ride your bike uptown.

What can you get away with in that scenario?

Something practical that makes your Sir or Madam smile
(and pack your lingerie incase you get lucky with a shower):

Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress

Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress $100


Keeping your Cadence – something of use

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Photo: dievca Cadence Travel Containers 08/2022

dievca travels – not heavily, but about 10+ trips (short and long) a year. she spotted these travel containers from Cadence to organize her “fluids” + “odds and ends”. They work wonderfully well for short trips and storing items for the “quick” grab of last minute travel. They do run out for longer trips, unless you double up on the units of storage.

Cadence Travel Capsules

The Capsules are customizable, leakproof, magnetic containers designed to maintain your routines – home and away.

You can buy the containers singly or in packs – choosing your color(s) and labels.

As you can see, dievca went for a multi-colored approach as well as different labels. This has to do with her not being able to see well without glasses or contacts. If you can see — a single colored set of containers with different labels would be very elegant!

Mix and Match – take what you need.
Something of Use.

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Photo: dievca Cadence Travel Containers 08/2022


Crafty submissive

dievca does repair Master’s clothing via needle and thread or clean items via soaking, etc.  This is just normal Life stuff for a domestic dievca from the Midwest.   In a past life, she did sew items with the sewing machine, quilts, dresses, hemming, etc.  The creativity dropped off with moving to NYC.  Not enough room and the sewing machine lived at her parents house -and is now in the Midwestern storage unit.

Anyways, dievca bought this dress:

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The Raquella Allegra Grace Dress in Apple.
100% Rayon
Originally $370 on sale for $99.90

The Grace Dress is inspired by the one-and-only Grace Jones. You’ll love the relaxed fit with dramatic blouson sleeves in lightweight stain. Wear yours with leather sandals and a petite bag.

Fits true to size, take your normal size
Model is 5’8″ and is wearing a size 2
Mini length
Relaxed fit
Blouson sleeves
100% Rayon

It looks like a super bright color which is lovely for Summer. Yes, it might be too much for dievca… but she has a plan to dye the dress if she hates the color. Rayon fabric takes dye very well, though the fabric becomes delicate when wet. dievca is inspired by this current Raquel Allegra Dip-dyed Grace Dress in Indigo ($475):

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And if it ends up a “dievca disaster” its only $99 – not an emergency.
dievca will let you know what happens!


Something of Use – Herb Scissors

Multi blade Herb Scissors

A scissor-shaped herb cutter is the perfect tool for snipping and mincing herbs, scallions and other delicate foods. Five-blade design cuts quickly and evenly.

dievca picked up a pair during Amazon Prime Days – hers are a little more sturdy than the pair shown above. 4.5 stars out of 2,010 ratings.

This has made produce prepping much easier for dievca – Something of Use!


Repurposing a Caprese Salad – really. (Summertime Goodness)

Heirloom Tomatodievca had her first experience with ordering fruit and vegetables from Whole Foods.

Her knee is still gimpy and the stores around her are too close for a cab ride and too far for a walk on her knee. So, she ordered online and had it delivered.

Buying fruit and vegetables is more personal than pasta or milk, dievca made her choices and hoped for the best.  The shopper did pretty well.  The peaches were a bit riper than dievca buys and the two heirloom tomatoes were HUGE.  A single tomato barely fit into dievca’s hand.

The tomatoes needed to be used immediately, so dievca chopped BOTH of them into cubes combined them with a package fresh mozzarella pearls, then added fresh basil chopped with herb scissors, olive oil, red balsamic vinegar, and salt/pepper.

Fresh Mozarella Pearls

Multi blade Herb ScissorsMaster and dievca could only eat half the tossed salad, so dievca put the leftovers into the fridge for later.

When she pulled it out there was a lot of liquid and as a salad it didn’t appeal.

What to do?

Cod was on the menu within two days and dievca had seen recipes of Cod baked with tomatoes, so she decided to be creative.  dievca removed the mozzarella pearls from the leftover caprese salad and marinated the wild caught cod with the salad liquid, tomatoes and basil. She then baked the cod, including the tomatoes and liquid, at 400 F (205 C) for 15 min. (she started with 10 min, but the liquid didn’t look like it was evaporating enough so she went to 5 min more) When the cod came out of the oven she put the mozzarella pearls on top to melt and added a dash of lemon juice.

She served the cod, tomatoes and cheese over plain white rice with a side of sautéed fresh sugar snap peas.
(recipe below)

The meal was a success!

dievca thinks it worked because cod has a tendency to take on flavors very well.
she was very happy to use the rest of the heirloom tomatoes!

Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas inspired by the Pioneer Woman blog recipe:

Sugar snap peasIngredients
1 lb. sugar snap peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Directions
  1. Snap the stem end of the peas; pull the string off of the length of the pod, and discard. (you may need to do both sides of the pea – dievca did)
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and oil swirl to coat the pan. Add the snap peas, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir well to coat.

The “Hero” travel outfit

dievca has found a simple travel outfit that works in heat and cooler environments. 

From the Beach to a Sidewalk Cafe, to the Mountains, to a Roadside Bar.

No worries about wrinkles, drips and damage.

You can click on the photos for the item descriptions, but dievca’s exact run down is this:

  • Anthropologie Gardner Cotton Gauze Utility Pants
  • Garnet Hill Tank Mushroom
  • Surface To Air Crochet Knit Sweater Taupe
  • Zimmerman studded Sandals Tan
  • 4 Melissa Joy Manning Sterling Silver and Recycled Gold Cuffs (various)
  • Ippolita Cherish 18K Ring
  • Jack Vartanian 14K Gold Chain Ring
  • Pomellato Dodo 18K charm necklace – Monkey and Swallow
  • Etsy 14K Gold Post earrings
  • Scunci Hair clip

Something of Use: Stasher Stand Up


Stasher is a revolutionary food storage alternative to plastic bags and containers. Made of 100% pure platinum food-grade silicone, Stasher offers all the ease and convenience of plastic bags, but without the negative consequences. Features the innovative air-tight, pinch-press seal to keep food fresh and no leaks, ideal storage for food, Travel, school and more. Stasher Contains no petroleum, no PVC and no latex, so it’s good for people and the planet. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer-safe, Stasher is ideal for busy on-the-go lifestyles. What will you stash in your Stasher.

dievca found that her Stasher Stand Up was perfect for traveling. Clear for the Airport lines, studier than a ziplock, easy to seal and easy to wash. It comes in multiple colors incase you travel with Family and costs $21.99.

Beyond travel you can store, freeze, microwave, boil food in the bag then wash it in the dishwasher.

Something of (multiple) use!


A moment with New Jersey

dievca runs to New Jersey every couple of months to hit Wal-Mart for staples (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) Her early morning trip is taking place after a long weekend of work – she survived.

To celebrate her time heading to NJ (and dealing with crazy drivers) plus surviving work, dievca invites you to join her with Jersey Girl, Gloria Gayner (Newark, NJ) in singing a fabulous disco-era anthem.

Good Morning! XO


less than 24 hours in the Life of a dievca

Baby Shower (above – click on photos for Brands)
To a Swim
To Master
To an MRI for the knee
To a Gala (below – click on photos for Brands, note the emergency flip flops for the knee)
To Work

dievca hit the gamut of actives


Bright Lights, Big City – Herschel Supply Co.

dievca’s current backpack – its holding up well!

Something of Use.


Packing for the Beach

~First thoughts~

(Click on the photos for a closer look)


Looking like a Human – 2 options

In a past life of Athletics – dievca has been known to train in large t-shirts and shorts, cotton sweatpants, mismatched socks, etc.  The training was more important than the look.  That statement still holds true – but when you are no longer an adorable, in shape 20 something — you may look sad and sloppy in your 50s.  This is ok for home workouts – but dievca is finding that when she cleans up a bit, her workouts become more positive, and perhaps she isn’t scaring herself or anyone.

dievca has mentioned Splits59 previously, she’s added some pieces to make the outfits layered and temperature functional:

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  • Splits59 Techflex Bra Ombre
  • Splits59 High Waist Raquel Tights Indigo
  • Splits59 Sadie Tank Indigo
  • Splits59 Ribbed Turtleneck Indigo White

dievca’s second favorite workout outfit is a combination of a jogbra and shorts from Girlfriend Collective and a tank and light sweatshirt from Splits59:

Girlfriend Collective Tommy Bra Dark GreenGirlfriend Collective High Rise Biker Shorts Dark GreenSplits59 Dark Forest Toni TankSplits 59 Warm up Fleece Forest

  • Girlfriend Collective Tommy Bra Dark Green
  • Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Biker Shorts Dark Green
  • Splits59 Toni Tank Dark Forest
  • Splits59 Warm Up Fleece Dark Forest

Do you have a suggestion for a great workout clothing brand?


Coffee Fashion

Fashion Coffee Holder

Time to carry that coffee with elegance and ease!
A leather and faux tortoise shell chain coffee carrier
will complete your look!
From Etsy shop “i am fem


A squall~

NYC had a Snow Squall yesterday.

What is a snow squall? According to the National Weather Service, a snow squall is “an intense short-lived burst of heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibilities and is often accompanied by gusty winds.”

Why are they more dangerous than blizzards?  Driving in a snow storm is difficult. Add in blowing wind and poor visibility, and travel can become downright dangerous. Driving in a snow squall is next to impossible.

The Squall was about 10 minutes long and dievca missed it all – she was working.  But, she was dressed appropriately against the heavy winds for the bike ride to and from work (click on photos for details):


The New Comfort: Who does it best? (Chantelle, Knix, EBY)

Back in the Day (November 17, 2013 to be exact) dievca found Lingerie Comfort with Hanky Panky – In the 8 years since – the rubber has pulled out of the lace, there are holes and many pieces of dievca’s Hanky Panky have been retired.  she hasn’t bought anymore and she’s glad that she didn’t because she’s moved on to a set of Chantelle SoftStretch in Leopard Print ($54/$20):

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A new level of comfort has been found!
A new “go to” brand for the 3 C’s: Color, Comfort and Curves!

That said, dievca bought three additional sets of comfort underwear- one from Chantelle in Forest Green ($58/$20), one from EBY (Empowered By You – a “do good” business) – in Blue Meadow ($48/$22)  and a final set from the Canadian Brand “Knix” LuxeLift in an Anna Sui collaboration pattern ModFloral ($50/$25):

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Here’s the ranking:

  1. CHANTELLE – The SuperSoft fabric is….super soft, yet the bra’s hold up the girls well.  The bra padding is not removable, but it isn’t too overwhelming either – no strange shapes.  The fabric is very smooth and very comfortable.
  2. KNIX – The knix set starts out awkward to put on, but then molds nicely to the body. dievca wore the set with the removable bra pads inserted, she’ll try the top without them next time.  The bra pads looked fine, they did add a little bit of extra when dievca does not need it. There were a couple of seamed rubbing “hotspots” that disappeared as the day went on.
  3. EBY – The EBY set was easy to put on, but the cut of the bra armholes is high.  That is where the seams on the sides of the bra rubbed dievca, all day – she had to keep adjusting the irritation point. Was it horrible? No – just there.  Maybe it will disappear with washing.  The bra cups are removable and in dievca’s case not necessary – but they didn’t look strange. she will try wihtout the pads on the next round – maybe that will stop the rubbing.  The bottoms were very comfortable.

Conclustion – all three (four sets) are nice, but the little bit extra you pay for the CHANTELLE set(s) is worth it.


Keeping it Simple

As dievca mentioned yesterday – she’s crabby.
That spills onto dressing, as well, and she is just trying to keep it simple. she thinks she managed getting herself together reasonably well.

  • Max Mara Black Cashmere T-shirt Sweater
  • Machete Chain Necklace
  • Tahari Black Faux Suede Pants
  • Gianvitto Rossi Black Combat Boots
  • Max Mara Camel Vintage Cashmere Coat
  • Primecut Shearling Blackpack – multicolored
  • Portolano Black Cashmere Hat
  • Portolano Black Leather Grommet Gloves
  • Black Cashmere Knit Scarf
  • MAC Russian Red Lipstick

dievca is hoping you are less crabby and getting it together better than she is~ XO


Shopping Suggestions Holiday 2021

dievca shops year round for her Holiday gifts. That said, she also keeps an eye out for items that might be of interest to people of the Masculine persuation ~ or those who like practical and streamlined items. she has the following suggestions for the Holiday 2021 season (UO = Urban Outiftters, top items until the Yellow Submarine Towel – the second set of items are from Huckberry –  a great Masculine driver space, Google Image search a photo and it should take you to the item webpage, last two items from Theragun):


A cut above: Primecut Bags

dievca was seeking a shearling piece of clothing or bag – nothing on eBay was catching her attention. The prime designer’s had boring offerings…except for Bottega Veneta.  Their shearling bags were/are too dear ($2500). dievca stepped away from the search.

Then she ran into PRIMECUT BAGS by accident – on Black Friday!

This well-made backpack is now hers (from Urban Outfitters on sale):

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The back is black leather and the interior is lined in linen.

Here are some other options:

ABOUT
Primecut bags are handcrafted in our Portland, Oregon workshop. Each bag is carefully constructed, taking into account the unique properties of the materials used.

Founded in 2013, deep in the confines of her basement, Lizzie began experimenting with leather bags. She was intrigued by the diversity and unique properties of hair-on-hide. Using her mother’s old Pfaff sewing machine along with an old Yamata industrial machine, she experimented with different leathers, sizes, proportions, and manufacturing techniques.

In 2017, Lizzie moved from her basement to Primecut’s current Studio. Since 2013, she has upgraded her manufacturing to include new machines, employees, and a light-filled production studio.

Our process begins with carefully sourcing cowhides and shearling from tanneries throughout the world. Each material is selected based on its quality, weight, and durability. Speaking to the nature of the material we love curating our designs with both a sense of aesthetic proportion and a bit of playfulness.

Our bags reflect our playful design aesthetic. Slight variations in pattern, color, and texture represent the uniqueness in each Primecut piece.

www.primecutbags.com


Emerald City

Green Fir Trees + Puffy Coats = Think Royln Emerald Pearl Bags
The Meg, Lafayette, and the Bar Bag might be perfect for the Holidays.
dievca is rocking the Bar Bag!


Something of use – the “QUICKIE”

You all are probably much more aware than dievca – sometimes she is clueless…

“Your sure are smart, but you sure a dumb.” was a phrase that her Dad used on occasion.  Please don’t think it was meant meanly, it was just social commentary.  dievca was in LaLa Land growing up – a bookworm and science geek. She was “test” smart.  Common sense didn’t arrive until later – and despite dievca’s fierce practical streak, sometimes common sense disappears to this day.

dievca has always vacuumed her hardwood floors, lugging out the vacuum from where she hides it in the deep of a closet.

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Her friends stayed in the apartment for two weeks and they find a microfiber sweeper in dievca’s washer/dryer closet.

dievca’s life is transformed.

She knew the previous renters left this flexible static duster:

Flexible static duster

It’s good for ceilings, top of the refrigerator, and that’s about it…(yes, she tried it on the floor – disaster, too flexible)

Because her friends couldn’t find the hidden vacuum, they found SOMETHING of USE!

Quickie Microfiber floor duster mop

The “Quickie” Floor Duster/ Wet Mop. (www.quickie.com)

dievca felt like an a** because she had no clue she had this available for 2+ years.  It’s making her Life so much easier.  The dust from NYC is easier to collect and the vacuum doesn’t have to make an appearance as frequently. Plus, the microfiber pad washes like a dream and is easier to put on and remove. 

~smh~


Coming up for Air

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It was a quick trip to Mom, 4 days.  Packed a lot into the time. POA shift, moved Mom on to hospice, need a new hospital bed – motor died (made do with a log and seat cushion to change the angles for Mom), attempted to get quality WiFi (need a new router), attempted to get the gardens/yard into some semblance of order (including picking up 15 cigarette butts on the driveway from a caregiver – what is wrong with people. Are they born in a barn? We have a cigarette repository out there.), maintenance man/snow removal man is no longer working – looking for help (Note his kid moved away and they no longer need to store his classic car in the garage…hmmm? Maybe that had something to do with being unavailable…), cleaned the odd places in the house and the upstairs as best as possible.

Grocery shopped at night and saw ⇑⇑⇑ the MOON!

It’s Full this Evening.  Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the Moon!

And think of dievca flying home late tonight. XO


Looking for a Host/Hostess gift? something of use

dievca is a huge fan of Baggu Bags and has used a couple of them until they actually wore out! She’ll replace them at some point, but as a change of pace – she ran into these recycled taffeta, embroidered totes:

EMROIDERED THANK YOU TOTE

The typical American family uses 1,500 plastic bags every year. But thanks to designer Lauren DiCioccio, you can cut down on waste and look really cool doing it. Her funky embroidered fabric bag was inspired by San Francisco’s 2007 plastic bag ban. She keeps the same cheerful “thank you” messages on each bag, but uses recycled taffeta instead of plastic. Take one out next time you’re shopping or offer one as a gift to pass along the Earth-loving vibes. They (the family/friends or Host/Hostess) can reuse and reduce ‘til it wears out. Made in San Francisco.
MADE FROM
100% Recycled Polyester Taffeta Fabric Bag, Polyester Thread
MEASUREMENTS
20″ L x 13″ H
CARE
Machine wash, spot treat stains with stain stick or similar spray and wash, hang to dry
PRICE
$38.00

Less expensive and more practical than the Alexander Wang Rhinestone Bag version!

Alexander Wang Thank You Bag


Belt Print Holdall – Paul Smith


Western Belt Print Bag – and ode to Impact Play or Bondage
A bag to carry your accoutrements: thudders and stingers or buckled cuffs and collars
Paul Smith‘s Western Belt Print will offer a lot of additional room for water, towels, a change of clothes, etc. A fun, tongue in cheek nod to your pleasurable inclinations!

~Something of Use~

Update – the bag sold on August 2nd…sorry, dievca was too slow…


the ride home


Yes, its ridiculous in the realm of Life and Life’s current challenges – but – dievca finally feels like she has mastered a comfortable & clean look for traveling. A personal success.


BoomBoom Beach with Bembien

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Something of Use!

A bag with heart. A bag for the Beach! Entirely hand-woven with plastic recycled off the beaches of Bali and repurposed into a gorgeous tote to treasure forever. No stranger to sand and salt, the Jolene is perfect for beach days. Toss in your towel and book of Proust enjoy your day in the sun. 100% handwoven recycled plastic 14” x 10.5” . It’s $211 and available in Cherry, Pearl, Sky and Black. There is a medium size, too for $175

Click photo for link


Santa Fe – dievca style

dievca had two days in Santa Fe to wander the downtown area. she was having a foot issue after walking the trails in Sedona, so her choices were driven by shoes:

Outfit #1 – Museums and Shopping

Outfit #2 – Dinner and Music

dievca bought the red sneakers and two other items:

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Golightly Cashmere Rainbow Oversized Scarf $405 modelNew Mexico Red Tee

  • Golightly Cashmere (Designed and Made in Santa Fe) Rainbow Wrap
  • New Mexico Flag Red T-shirt

Smooth Travel

(Click on the photos to see the brands)
The backpack takes the load, the Nikes carry the load, the sweater keeps it warm, the linen keeps it cool, the spandex allows flexibility. dievca wore black incase something gets spilled on the plane, plus its forgiving on body type so she didn’t look too sloppy.


The more you know – Custom Duty

dievca ordered items from her favorite Montreal, Quebec store ssense.com.  The items were on sale and she had been watching them for awhile – the total came up to an amount over $800. She bought them in one batch….bad choice.  Had she made two purchases, she wouldn’t have met the US/Canada Border Customs Threshold amount and she would have not had to pay customs….

Instead, she had to schlep to the Main Post Office to pay the customs to get her items.  Yep, it was a significant amount = $400+. Why did she chose to pay it rather than refusing the items?  

  1. They were items she thought about a long time before purchase.
  2. They were unavailable on sale anywhere else on the web.
  3. ssense.com offered to put a one-time 110-120% credit towards her next purchase (s).
  4. dievca buys on ssense.com consistently enough to use the credits.

Visualize dievca opening the box the items in the Main NYC Post Office, stuffing the items into a carryall so she could schlepp it all back to her apartment without her arms falling off.  Would it have been easier if dievca had a car?  Have you ever tried to find parking in Midtown?

Photo: Glamorous items in a non-glamorous bag. XO

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